In the scope of the EC call for scientific infrastructure development (INFRADEV), Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) was granted € 1.5 Mill for its Preparatory Phase-II, to take the final steps needed to start full operation for open user access by 2017. In the next 2 years, the legal documents and contracts that will establish EuBI as a new European Research Infrastructure Consortium called EuBI ERIC, will be finalized and signed by its European member countries and international organizations such as EMBL.
The imaging landscape not only in Europe changed significantly in the last 10 years, since imaging experts from 25 European countries joined their forces and draw the vision of a pan-European imaging infrastructure. As Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) is coming closer to its full operation, European researchers are now taking the next step and, under the umbrella of the EC H2020 funded project Global BioImaging, reach out to their colleagues around the world.
CORBEL – Setting the framework for common services by the ESFRI research infrastructures in biological and medical sciences
The CORBEL consortium comprises all ESFRI research infrastructures in the life sciences – including Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) -, and it is coordinated by ELIXIR, the distributed research infrastructure for life-science data. CORBEL is a € 14.5 million project funded by EC H2020 for over four years, and provides the means to establish and support a new model for biological and medical research in Europe by harmonizing user access to resources, unifying data management and creating common ethical and legal services.
Bulgarian Ministry for Education and Science signed the Memorandum of Understanding to work together with other 13 European countries and EMBL on implementation of Euro-BioImaging. This is a remarkable step forward for Euro-BioImaging and am important sign that establishment of imaging infrastructure is of highest importance for all regions of Europe. Stoyno Stoynov from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Anastas Gospodinov from the Bulgarian Academy of Science have been in close contact with Euro-BioImaging since its preparatory phase.
In January, Portugal signed the Memorandum of Understanding to work with 12 European countries and EMBL on establishment of Euro-BioImaging. Portugal is represented by Dr. Paula Sampaio, Head of Advanced Light Microscopy Facility, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Lisbon, and Prof. Miguel Castelo-Branco, from Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences, University of Coimbra.